HTSSIP has some functionality for simulating basic HTS-SIP datasets. With that said, I recommend using a more sophisticated simulation toolset such as SIPSim for applications other than simple testing of HTS-SIP data analysis functions.

HTSSIP relies *heavily* on the great R package coenocliner. See this tutorial for a short and simple introduction.

In this vignette, we're going to simulate gradient fraction communities for 6 gradients, with the basic experimental setup as follows:

- Treatments: 13C-glucose vs 12C-control
- Treatment replicates: 3 (each)
- Total gradients: 6
- Fractions per gradient: 24

First, let's load some packages including `HTSSIP`

.

library(dplyr) library(ggplot2) library(HTSSIP)

OK, let's set the parameters needed for community simulations. We are basically going to follow the coenocliner tutorial, but instead of a transect along an environmental gradient, we are simulating communities in each fraction of a density gradient.

# setting parameters for tests set.seed(318) # reproduciblility M = 6 # number of OTUs (species) ming = 1.67 # gradient minimum... maxg = 1.78 # ...and maximum nfrac = 24 # number of gradient fractions locs = seq(ming, maxg, length=nfrac) # Fraction BD's tol = rep(0.005, M) # species tolerances h = ceiling(rlnorm(M, meanlog=11)) # max abundances opt = rnorm(M, mean=1.71, sd=0.008) # species optima (drawn from a normal dist.) params = cbind(opt=opt, tol=tol, h=h) # put in a matrix

With the current parameters, we can simulate the gradient fraction communities for 1 density gradient:

df_OTU = gradient_sim(locs, params) df_OTU

As you can see, the abundance distribution of each OTU is approximately Gaussian, with varying optima among OTUs.

Let's make the communities of all gradient fractions for all gradients.

If all OTUs in the 13C-treatment incorporated labeled isotope, then their abundance distributions should be shifted to 'heavier' buoyant densities. Let's set the 13C-treatment gradients to have a higher mean species optima. For kicks, let's also increase the species optima variance (representing more variable isotope incorporation percentages).

opt1 = rnorm(M, mean=1.7, sd=0.005) # species optima params1 = cbind(opt=opt1, tol=tol, h=h) # put in a matrix opt2 = rnorm(M, mean=1.7, sd=0.005) params2 = cbind(opt=opt2, tol=tol, h=h) opt3 = rnorm(M, mean=1.7, sd=0.005) params3 = cbind(opt=opt3, tol=tol, h=h) opt4 = rnorm(M, mean=1.72, sd=0.008) params4 = cbind(opt=opt4, tol=tol, h=h) opt5 = rnorm(M, mean=1.72, sd=0.008) params5 = cbind(opt=opt5, tol=tol, h=h) opt6 = rnorm(M, mean=1.72, sd=0.008) params6 = cbind(opt=opt6, tol=tol, h=h) # we need a named list of parameters for the next step. The names in the list will be used as sample IDs params_all = list( '12C-Con_rep1' = params1, '12C-Con_rep2' = params2, '12C-Con_rep3' = params3, '13C-Glu_rep1' = params4, '13C-Glu_rep2' = params5, '13C-Glu_rep3' = params6 )

Additional sample metadata can be added to the resulting phyloseq object that we are going to simulate. To add metadata, just make a data.frame object with a `Gradient`

column, which will be used for matching to the simulated samples. The `Gradient`

column values should match the names in the parameter list.

meta = data.frame( 'Gradient' = c('12C-Con_rep1', '12C-Con_rep2', '12C-Con_rep3', '13C-Glu_rep1', '13C-Glu_rep2', '13C-Glu_rep3'), 'Treatment' = c(rep('12C-Con', 3), rep('13C-Glu', 3)), 'Replicate' = c(1:3, 1:3) ) # do the names match? all(meta$Gradient %in% names(params_all))

OK. Let's make the phyloseq object with the parameters that we specified above.

## physeq object physeq_rep3 = HTSSIP_sim(locs, params_all, meta=meta) physeq_rep3

How does the `sample_data`

table look?

phyloseq::sample_data(physeq_rep3) %>% head

The q-SIP analysis requires qPCR measurements of gene copies for each gradient fraction. We can simulate this data for the HTS-SIP dataset phyloseq object that we just created.

The qPCR value simulation function is fairly flexible. For input, functions are provided that define how qPCR values (averages & variability) relate to buoyant density. For example, you can set the 'peak' of qPCR values to be located at a BD of 1.7 for unlabeled gradient samples and a 'peak' at a BD of 1.75 for labeled samples. For this example, let's set the error among replicate qPCR reactions (technical replicates) to scale with the mean qPCR values for that gradient sample.

# unlabeled control qPCR values control_mean_fun = function(x) dnorm(x, mean=1.70, sd=0.01) * 1e8 # error will scale with the mean control_sd_fun = function(x) control_mean_fun(x) / 3 # labeled treatment values treat_mean_fun = function(x) dnorm(x, mean=1.75, sd=0.01) * 1e8 # error will scale with the mean treat_sd_fun = function(x) treat_mean_fun(x) / 3

OK. Let's simulate the qPCR data.

physeq_rep3_qPCR = qPCR_sim(physeq_rep3, control_expr='Treatment=="12C-Con"', control_mean_fun=control_mean_fun, control_sd_fun=control_sd_fun, treat_mean_fun=treat_mean_fun, treat_sd_fun=treat_sd_fun) physeq_rep3_qPCR %>% names

The output is a list containing:

- 'raw' data
- qPCR values for each PCR reaction

- 'summary' data
- qPCR mean values (& standard deviations) for each gradient fraction sample.

physeq_rep3_qPCR$raw %>% head

physeq_rep3_qPCR$summary %>% head

Let's plot the data.

x_lab = bquote('Buoyant density (g '* ml^-1*')') y_lab = '16S rRNA gene copies' ggplot(physeq_rep3_qPCR$summary, aes(Buoyant_density, qPCR_tech_rep_mean, ymin=qPCR_tech_rep_mean-qPCR_tech_rep_sd, ymax=qPCR_tech_rep_mean+qPCR_tech_rep_sd, color=IS_CONTROL, shape=Replicate)) + geom_pointrange() + scale_color_discrete('Unlabeled\ncontrol') + labs(x=x_lab, y=y_lab) + theme_bw()

With this simulation, we made the separation between labeled and unlabeled DNA pretty easy to distinguish.

OK. Just to show the flexiblity of the qPCR value simulation function, let's try using some other functions as input.

# using the Cauchy distribution instead of normal distributions control_mean_fun = function(x) dcauchy(x, location=1.70, scale=0.01) * 1e8 control_sd_fun = function(x) control_mean_fun(x) / 3 treat_mean_fun = function(x) dcauchy(x, location=1.75, scale=0.01) * 1e8 treat_sd_fun = function(x) treat_mean_fun(x) / 3 # simulating qPCR values physeq_rep3_qPCR = qPCR_sim(physeq_rep3, control_expr='Treatment=="12C-Con"', control_mean_fun=control_mean_fun, control_sd_fun=control_sd_fun, treat_mean_fun=treat_mean_fun, treat_sd_fun=treat_sd_fun)

Now, how does the data look?

ggplot(physeq_rep3_qPCR$summary, aes(Buoyant_density, qPCR_tech_rep_mean, ymin=qPCR_tech_rep_mean-qPCR_tech_rep_sd, ymax=qPCR_tech_rep_mean+qPCR_tech_rep_sd, color=IS_CONTROL, shape=Replicate)) + geom_pointrange() + scale_color_discrete('Unlabeled\ncontrol') + labs(x=x_lab, y=y_lab) + theme_bw()

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